Boosters of the Virginia Technical Institute Football Program are rushing to put together enough funds to mitigate the effects of a new “Fines for Flags” program put together by their Special Teams Coach/Head Coach Frank Beamer. Beamer intends to fine $100 dollars from a player’s bowl-stipend for every personal foul they draw. Beamer also intends to make the players run a 100 yard sprint for every yard of penalties for which that player is penalized. The VaTech Boosters have not released any information on a plan to either fund this program or figure out a way to get people to run penalty sprints by proxy.
We’re also hearing reports of a giant sigh of relief by a large portion of VaTech alumni who, on first reading reports of this program too quickly, dropped the “L” from the word “Flags.” Those sorts of things just aren’t talked about in Virginia, son.
This is clearly an attempt by Beamer to clean up the image of a program that was penalized 12 times for personal fouls in their first 2 games of the 2005 season. This may also be a ploy to curry the favor of empathetic game officials who could realize that penalizing a VaTech player could cost that player as much as 1/20th their weekly
handouts/salary/bonus tuition financing.
No word yet on whether Beamer’s attempts to clean up the program will include suspension of his “Unending 2nd Chances” policy that allowed Marcus Vick to continue playing for VaTech until it was no longer convenient.